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From Zero to App: The Cross-platform Development Approach Simplified

The demand for mobile application developers is extremely high. However, learning each platform’s native programming language and toolsets can be a significant, time-consuming challenge. Fortunately, there’s a better way! Cross-platform application development. The goal of cross-platform development is to create software that seamlessly runs on multiple platforms using one set of tools and programming languages. The benefits of this approach ...

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Making Dumb Components Smart: Refactoring

Learning new skills is how we as programmers stay sharp and stay employable. I recently started a gig that gave me an opportunity to learn something new, but I had to develop a few workarounds to learn a new framework and make it do what I needed it to do. Boilerplate code can help jump-start a project. You can find ...

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Performing Zero Downtime Releases

You’ve spent months working on a project, and it’s finally time to show it to the world. You’re proud of what you’ve achieved, but you aren’t quite sure how to release it for others to see. If that sounds familiar, read on, and together we will cover how to perform a release of your code, with minimal interruption and difficulty. ...

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Eliminating Mobile Test Automation Flakiness and More

Mobile testing by definition is an unstable, flaky and unpredictable activity. When you think you covered all corners and created a “stable” environment, still, your test cycle often get stuck due to 1 or few items. In this post, I’ll try to identify some of the key root causes for test automation flakiness, and suggest some preventive actions to eliminate them. What Can ...

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GraphQL as an API Gateway to Microservices

GraphQL was released to the public back in 2015, and like an animal raised in captivity, its first steps out in the wild were timid and went largely unnoticed. By now, however, it has garnered some major buzz, and with good reason: it solves some of the trickiest problems that are inherent in standard REST API architecture. Specifically, GraphQL allows ...

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The Rise of PWA Apps and The Impact on Cross-Browser Testing

If we all thought we’ve figured out the digital market from an application type perspective, and have seen the rise of mobile, and the transformation of web to responsive web – now we should all start getting used to a whole new type of application that should change the entire user experience and offer new web functionality – Meet PWA’s. ...

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Doing Multiple Searches in VS Code While Refactoring

I spend a lot of my time refactoring code across a very large, legacy codebase at work. Often times, I’ll do a search for something and work my way through the results over a period of days. Sometimes, something I see might lead me to do another search and a minor refactoring job which is part of the overall refactoring ...

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5 Code Editors for Web Application and API Development

If there’s anything more guaranteed to start a flame war than the question of tabs versus spaces, it’s asking which IDE or text editor a developer uses. Asking if a developer uses an IDE, especially, can often start a flame war all its own. However, being a laid-back Australian, flame wars don’t bother me one little bit. So in this ...

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